POWER RANKINGS: Top 10 Boys Teams - Edition #2


These Power Rankings are not meant to predict the Outcome of State Meet's in November. In fact, some schools on this list aren't even in the same classification or the PIAA at all.

Because Cross Country is so unpredictable and there are so many variables at play, these power rankings are somewhat speculative. They are derived from a combination of performances, analytics, and opinions.

There was a decent amount of movement in this week's list. But this upcoming week may be even more telling, as most of the state heads to Carlisle or PIAA Foundation.


Boys Top 10 Teams - POWER RANKINGS Edition #2

RANK(PREV)TEAMRATIONALE
1 (1)

North Allegheny scored another victory at the Boardman Spartan Invitational. Can anyone argue with this ranking?

2 (2)

LaSalle opened the season with a win at the Briarwood Invite. They didn't run their entire top seven, but they scored the win never-the-less. They will remain at number 2 until proven otherwise.

3 (NR)

Okay, we'll admit it. Not having Episcopal Academy ranked was an oversight on our end. They returned five of their starting seven from last year and came out swinging this year. They scored a victory at the 69th Annual George School Invite with just 34 points in a 19-team field. They averaged 16:19 and had four boys run 16:22 or faster.

4 (3)


Parkland didn't compete at an invitational this week. They opened the season with a win at the Northampton Invitational. The victory was highlighted by a 35-second 1-5 split and a 16:22 average.


5 (4)

Hempfield didn't run Aidan Hodge and finished second at the Ben Bloser Invitational. The team still looked excellent in the finish and Joseph Fahrney stepped up BIG in Hodge's absence. He ran 16:01 to earn the individual victory.

6 (5)


Grove City didn't compete at an Invitational this week but they're still the same team that opened the season strong a few weeks ago.


7 (NR)



Hello Exeter. Where did you come from? Exeter took home the trophy at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational, outpacing Hempfield (3) by scoring 4 in the top 13. Freshman Chase Choudhry looked great out front for Exeter, and their 47-second 1-5 split was instrumental in the success.


8 (6)


Penncrest didn't compete at a big Invitational this week. They did fall to Haverford Township in dual meet action this week. We'll wait to see how the team looks this week at their own Penncrest Invitational.


9 (7)


Manheim opened the season with an impressive fourth place finish at the Riverside Kickoff Classic in August. We haven't seen them compete since, but they are slated to run at PIAA Foundation this week.




10 (8)



Cumberland Valley looked very... very stout at their league meet, and we're not convinced they were going all out. They didn't run a big invite this week but we'll be watching them very closely when they get a real test against some of the top teams in the state on Saturday in Carlisle.




NR (9)






NR (10)



Twin Valley




Twin Valley finished third at the Briarwood Invitational at the Belmont Plateau. One of the teams that beat them was LaSalle College HS, but the other was North Penn. Belmont is a notoriously difficult course, but we have to take the finish at face value and rank accordingly. Twin Valley is still a very strong team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Souderton Area didn't compete this week, but other teams had very strong performances. We still believe they're still in the conversation but they're going to have to prove it again.

Teams on the Bubble (NR): North Penn, South Fayette, McDowell


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